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The First and Only Finisher of the Habanero 100 – Our Chat with Julie Koepke


Julie Koepke of Texas recently won the inaugural Habanero 100 in 28:43:20. Not only was Julie the first to finish, she was the only person to finish all 100 miles during this sultry August weekend at Buescher State Park in Texas.

Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • Julie’s journey from marching band to first 5k
  • how running helped Julie as a high school teacher
  • creating family and friendships with “the wrong group of folks” in San Antonio
  • memories from that first Rockhoppers run that lasted for the next week
  • what surprised Julie about the trails and its community
  • memories from that first trail race at Prickly Pear 50k
  • Julie shares one of the life gifts this sport has provided her
  • enjoying the varied aspects of running ultra distances
  • a typical training week including strength/core examples
  • what has been the toughest part of a 100 miler to dial in
  • building life-confidence through trail running
  • the leaf wearing and rock talking adventure at Habanero Hundred


Credit: Trail Racing Over Texas /

Credit: Trail Racing Over Texas /

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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